Philippines Cauayan Mission

Monday, April 2, 2012

2 April 2012

Magandang Umaga po!

Kamusta na kayo?
This week I am emailing a little earlier than usual so I might just have to read your emails next week. We started out the morning playing a little basketball with a bunch of members and it was another humbling experience to see how absolutely terrible I am at it. Every one thinks I am amazing because I am American and 6'2", but they were in for a nice surprise! It really is surprising to see how popular basketball here is. There are hoops and small courts everywhere (streets, fields, random cement pads) and I always love to see the ones that are rigged up to a tree. Most Fillipinos are surprisingly good at basketball and follow the NBA and NCAA much more closely than I ever did. Everybody knows the Utah Jazz and the days of John Stockton and Karl Malone.
This is most likely my last couple of days here in Cabagan because transfer days are this Thursday. Who knows, maybe my 7 and a half months here will turn into 9! They say the record here is 11 months for one missionary so we'll see if I can beat that. Haha. Just to be safe though, I've already started my goodbyes and giving away a lot of stuff to make my packing easier. I didn't realize how much extra crap I brought with me here! Haha. It's been fun though to be here so long and especially to see the area grow so much from since I first got here. I've been passing around a book of remembrance to several members and investigators that I've been working with for a while so I have their information.
The unusual cold and rain has now left and I think later today it will be back to the blazing heat of the summer here. It was over 7 days of not seeing the sun so it's kind of weird to see it now. I tell people I wish it was the same weather as last week and they think I'm crazy. One of the days it rained for about 12 hours straight which was fun. Especially because we didn't have an umbrella. Good thing we're waterproof though! Haha. And no, my waterproof shoes are no longer waterproof because of the huge holes on the bottom. Tops are still good though! They've still got a little life left though before I slap some tire tread on the bottom. Everybody that saw us walking around in the rain as if it was nothing told us we were going to be sick the next day (one of the weird wise tales here is that if you get rained on, you will get sick). And what a surprise, the next day, we did NOT get sick!
As usual we were extremely busy this week and I even beat my last record of lessons taught in one week, which is now 31. It is summer break here so not as many people are in school which makes it easier to teach and also there are several members that are able to work with us more often so we can go on more splits. It was kind of weird this week because I feel like I was on splits with ward members more than I was a companion with Elder Aguila! It's kind of nice to be able to cover twice as much territory though and we are able to visit people that live more on the outskirts of our area that we couldn't visit before. I didn't realize how absolutely huge our area is until earlier this week. It's probably over 30 kilometers big north and south, and who knows how many kilometers east and west. All I know is that it is a couple of "sees" big-that is as far as you can see, then as far as you can see again. I was able to visit a little town on the bottom of the mountains and nothing but pure fields of rice and corn and banana trees. I was only there for a couple of hours but it was fun while it lasted. One of our investigators that will most likely be baptized this month said something interesting that I thought I would share. She has been an investigator since December and just last week was able to completely leave the coffee. I asked her how her prayers were lately and she said much better than before. When I asked her why she said it was because she started praying more for other people rather than herself. It's great to see how much something as simple as teaching someone how to pray can make them feel so much happier and bring them closer to our Heavenly Father.
Hopefully you all had a great conference weekend, and I'll try to do the same this week.
Mahal Kita,
Elder Nay

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